Water level in Idukki dam recedes; CM to visit flood-hit areas in helicopter

Cheruthoni: The water level in Idukki dam is receding as the water flow has reduced. The water level was recorded as 2401.10 feet on Saturday morning. However, there is no decline in the water flowing out through the five shutters of the dam.

To the relief of public, not much damages are reported from places like Kalady and Aluva though a huge amount of water was released. The chief minister will stage a visit to six flood-hit areas in helicopter.

As Aluva Manappuram, a major centre of the ‘Karakadaka Vavu Bali’ ritual (offering to ancestors), was submerged in flood, the rituals are performed in nearby places. The temple is submerged up to its roof.

Though the water level in Periyar river increased by 2 feet in many places, it rose by only one feet in Aluva. Safety arrangements have been strengthened in the tributaries of Aluva too. The water from Idukki dam flows in here only during the ebb tide, which is believed to have helped to stop the water from rising.

The functioning of Nedumbassery airport has been back to normal, the authorities have informed. People are alerted that the drinking water distribution in Kochi will be affected as the water in Periyar river has turned turbid.

The water level in Idukki dam had risen to 2401.76 feet by 4 pm on Friday, it was reduced to 2401.56 by 11 pm. It was gauged as 2401.28 feet in the wee hours of Saturday.

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